Glory Bowl from Jackson
As far as backcountry zones go around Jackson that are away from the resort, Teton Pass pretty much takes the cake for popularity. On a weekend it can be hard to find a parking spot on top, and locals joke that it’s “Teton Pass Ski Area.” Glory Bowl is a great shred, as long as conditions are right. However, it’s a major avalanche path and should be treated as such.
Driving up, a good view of Glory
The boot pack starts across from the parking lot on top of the pass, on the north side of the road. There are a lot of egos raging on the boot pack, so if you’re slow, be sure to let those faster pass, or be prepared to get an earful. The hike can take anywhere from 45 minutes (or less) to over 2 hours, depending on your fitness level, weather, and how much you had to drink the night before.
A reminder of just how big it can go
The nice thing about Glory is that you have a fairly descent view of the conditions the entire way up. So, you can get a good idea of what line to take. Once again, I emphasize erring on the side of caution not only for your safety but for the safety of those on the road below you. This video gives you a good idea on just how bad things can be when it rips.
So, for your safety and in an effort not to piss off WYDOT, this shouldn’t be your “go to” run off the pass. Rather one you save for the most stable days.
Cresting the top of Glory
Oh, and the best part of glory may be that it’s the only backcountry zone with a webcam.